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Safeguarding Critical Data

July 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by Mario Valverde | Articles | Comments

Online backup and recovery protects National Weather Service operations from disaster Mario Valverde As an Agency of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas. Sophisticated computer models and high-speed communications systems are used to generate data,...

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Development of GC-MS in Environmental Analyses

July 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by Zoe A. Grosser, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Increasing computer capability yields improved methods Zoe A. Grosser, Ph.D. As computing technologies have become more readily available, access has spread into the arena of analytical instrument control, and has made sophisticated data handling features at the instrument level possible. Computer technology and instrumentation for analytical measurements have become firmly linked. This is especially true of techniques such as gas chromatography...

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Run into the Ground

July 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

LIMS Watch data identifies communication problems Randy C. Hice To escape the searing rays of Michigans summer sun at Kik Pool, the lifeguard staff frequently rotated out front to the shady cashiers station. I particularly enjoyed it because there were long stretches after the initial morning rush where I could catch up on a book or hone my balance by walking the bike rack. The rack stood about three feet tall, and was about 16 feet long. At first, I...

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FlexPro7: An Integrated Package for Data Analysis and Presentation

July 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

FlexPro is one of those hybrids that attempt to "put it all under one umbrella." In this case, it represents an amalgamation of spreadsheet, graphics, linking and analytic capabilities. The software presents this in an integrated format so the user sees and can access all of the screens at once.

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There and Back Again

July 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by Bill Weaver, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

The many flavors of image stabilization Bill Weaver, Ph.D. The first permanent photograph was created around 1826 by French scientist Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, and is currently housed in the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Coined heliography (Greek for "sun writing"), Niépce made special notice of the bleaching and stiffening effects sunlight has on organic polymers...

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Power Management in Scientific Computing

July 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by Simon McIntosh-Smith | Articles | Comments

If you have not yet experienced power and cooling problems, chances are you soon will Simon McIntosh-Smith Power management is rapidly becoming a critical issue in scientific computing. From the desktop to the cluster, the computing power available to solve scientific problems will soon be limited primarily by the amount of power the system needs and the cost of that energy. Indeed, as energy costs continue to rise, the running costs of a system...

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Emerging Multi-core Realities

July 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by Rob Meyer | Articles | Comments

The time has come to rethink time horizons for scientific applications Rob Meyer The computer running your technical applications today will be scrap in three or four years’ time, while the applications themselves may live for decades. This has certainly been true in the past, and there is every reason to think it will continue to be so in the light of nascent trends toward multi-core systems. In a wide range of scientific (and industrial)...

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A Quick Introduction to Genomics Software

July 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

This month's column is both a chance to not-so-subtlety move readers' attention to the confluence of biology and mathematics via genomics software, and an opportunity to sneak in a short review, as I have had so many requests of late that I fall behind even my laggard schedule. Before springing this type of software onto my audience, a few words of background are needed for my chemist and engineer friends

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Making Technology Implementations Successful

June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by John Graham | Articles | Comments

The project manager holds the key John Graham In today’s business world, companies can outsource everything, from manufacturing to laboratory testing, to countries such as India and China for a fraction of the cost of doing business in North America, and people in those countries can work just as efficiently as anyone in the world. 1 Consequently, being efficient isn’t enough to win the globalization challenge. When your company decides to...

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Simulating HIV-1 Protease at its Most Vulnerable Instant

June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Carlos Simmerling, Ph.D., and Roberto Gomperts, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Computational tools increase researchers' odds of finding the best targets Carlos Simmerling, Ph.D., and Roberto Gomperts, Ph.D. In the race to fight AIDS, researchers have long worked to view the moments at which critical components of the HIV virus are most vulnerable to new drugs. Due to its central role in processing viral polypeptide precursors, HIV-1 protease (HIV-PR), a molecule that slices the pre-HIV protein chain into pieces that...

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New SWIS Army

June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Bill Weaver, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Developing collective intelligence Bill Weaver, Ph.D. This past spring, my family and I spent the long Memorial Day weekend at a campground in rural Lancaster County, PA. As the unofficial start of summer, many families head “down the shore” for some sun, sand and beach fries, while we prefer the less hectic pace of horse-drawn buggies, swimming and Hershey’s s’mores. While my son and I were rigging our lines for fishing in a small pond, he...

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Mojito Madness

June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

Informatics jobs in Puerto Rico are setting sail Randy C. Hice A soft Caribbean breeze wafts through my open window. Below, the murmur of poolside guests provides an abrasive edge to an otherwise serene night. The idyllic setting is slowly dissipating the day's tensions from the psyches of people clamoring around the odd-shaped pool. But I'm in a foul and dark mood. My angst level has escalated in discrete steps for hours now. Is it too much to ask...

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Admin’s Best Friend? The next-generation rescue program

June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

The next-generation rescue program John R. Joyce, Ph.D. How long have you worked with computers in depth? Well, here’s a little quiz. Do you remember keeping a bootable floppy on hand for those times when SOMETHING would go wrong with the system? You might or might not know what the problem was but, whatever the problem, it was preventing your computer from starting. With your magical floppy, you could boot your computer and use the hand utilities on...

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Data Acquisition Readers' Choice &#151 Gold Award: LabVIEW

June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

LabVIEW is a tool for designing test, measurement and control systems. The graphical development

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Data Acquisition Readers' Choice &#151 Silver Award: TestPoint

June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TestPoint software is for data acquisition, instrument control, analysis and presentation. It uses object-oriented drag-and-drop technology to simplify data acquisition and test and measurement.

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